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Fall without football: How America would look without its favorite sport

USA TODAY

Nobody wants to imagine a fall without football. 

But the complications of safely conducting a season — professional or collegiate — as the COVID-19 pandemic continues may prove too difficult, leaving the NFL and NCAA with difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks and months. 

Over the last week, USA TODAY Sports ran a series examining what would happen if those tough choices prevented football from being played: the risk involved, the economic impact, whether a spring season would change anything, the effect on the nation's psyche and why European countries brought back their major sports more successfully than the United States. 

USA TODAY Sports explores the implications of our biggest sport being sidelined because of the coronavirus in this week's Fall Without Football series.

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A fall without football a real possibility because of COVID-19 as NFL players, others raise questions

'There's just no way' to play amid the coronavirus pandemic without 'high risk'

Playing college football in the spring might sound easy but plenty of hurdles and questions exist

High school coaches want to play. Epidemiologists say it's unsafe.

Opinion: As football looks more and more unlikely, Europe shows us what could have been

Fall without football would require sports betting industry to get creative

Fall without football would cost billions to colleges, NFL, TV networks, local economies

NFL doing everything it can so COVID-19 doesn't cause a shutdown

How November election could be impacted by a fall without football

State-by-state look at plans for high school play amid coronavirus

Consider the emotional toll of a fall without football: 'It's like a sucker punch'